Re-focus: Navy Seal

Re-focus: Navy Seal

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How was church this morning? Bet your pastor made it a walk in the prayer park to follow Jesus.

Ok, ok, there are some who talk a tough talk, but just enough for those who like tough talk that doesn’t require a tougher walk. But I go too deep. The point, following Jesus is a “hard teaching.” Much tougher than being a Navy Seal.

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” (John 6:60)

In fact, Paul compared being a Christian to military service – Roman military service!

Roman military service that would make a Navy Seal blush with shame.

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

Navy Seals will deny themselves for self-advancement and the world applauds.

Jesus demands the denial of self till self is gone and the world, and worldly in the church persecute because of their sins.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

Warning:

Denying self without following Jesus, though in Jesus name, will result in becoming a friend of the church but an enemy of Jesus.

At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. (Galatians 4:29)

Just as most drop out of the Navy Seals training, so many drop out from God’s grace. When the going gets tough most Christians turn back and no longer follow Jesus. It is these the world, and worldly, use to persecute the few who remain faithful.

Note the chapter heading, 666.

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (John 6:66)

However, not to worry, a group of Christian Navy Seals wouldn’t last 20 minutes if they invited me to preach them a sermon – because being a mature Christian is infinitely tougher than becoming a Navy Seal.

Indeed, the entrance examine to be considered for the possibility of becoming a disciple of Jesus is a killer.

And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Peter 4:18)

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[ referenced article ]

“Jesse Itzler felt he was in a rut. So he asked Navy SEAL David Goggins to live with him for 31 days, during which Jesse would do anything David told him to do.

Jesse would later write “Living With A Seal” documenting the grueling experience of getting whipped into shape by one of the toughest men on the planet. They ran through snow storms, jumped into a frozen lake, and did lots and lots of push-ups.

The adopted the philosophy “if it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.” David and Jesse explain in order to get better you need to constantly take yourself out of your comfort zone, or do something that sucks every day.

Produced by Joe Avella” – [ A Navy SEAL explains how you get better everyday – Business Insider ]